Matinees for School Groups


Welcome Educators! There is something for everyone at Carousel Theatre for Young People. School and homelearner groups of 10 people or more (adults and kids) can attend designated school matinee performances. Live theatre is an engaging, creative and educational field trip idea for small and large groups from pre-K to secondary school!

Click Here to pencil in your group for the 2017/18 Season!
or call us at 604-669-3410


Carousel Theatre for Young People unveils its 2017/2018 Season. Join CTYP for another exciting season on Granville Island with something for everybody, big and little, with all the grand adventure of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the magic of The Velveteen Rabbit, the mischief of The Gruffalo and the tenacity of the great Spirit Horse.

 “This season, we invite you to step into the magical world of theatre and be spirited away to enchanted lands.  A glorious, boundless, limitless adventure awaits… In each of these beloved stories, our protagonists explore themes of love, friendship, family and bravery as they face epic challenges and stay true to their hearts. Join us for the magic,

The 2017/2018 Season

Icon LWWThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

November 22-December 22, 2017
Grades 1-7+

Adapted by Joseph Robinette
From the book by C.S. Lewis

The timeless, magical classic from C.S Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series bounds on to the  CTYP stage this holiday season. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy discover an old wardrobe that serves as an entry to an enchanted land with talking animals, mythical creatures, and a brave quest awaiting. A twist in the story leads to one of the greatest battles between Good and Evil in children’s literature. Learn More


Icon TVRThe Velveteen Rabbit

March 2-16, 2018
Pre-K to Grade 3

By Kevin Del Aguila
Based the book by Margery Williams

This charming tale celebrates boundless imagination and the power of believing. With a dash of magic, three actors transform their playspace into a children’s nursery with a rocking horse, a cavalcade of mechanical toys, a kind-hearted fairy and a toy rabbit who is transformed by one little boy’s love. Learn More


Icon GruffaloThe Gruffalo

April 4-13, 2018
Pre-K to Grade 3

A Musical adaptation of the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel
Produced by Tall Stories from London, England
The Gruffalo © Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party-mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there? Learn More


Icon Spirit HorseSpirit Horse

April 18-27, 2018
Grades 3-12

Adapted by Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor
From the Irish play ‘Tir Na N’Og by Greg Banks
A Roseneath Theatre production

This powerful production follows the adventures of two Indigenous children whose lives are changed forever when their grandfather brings them a horse that has mysteriously appeared to him. The children feel an incredible bond to this majestic animal which links
them and their dad to their Stoney Nation heritage. A thrilling adventure ensues, as bonds of love, bravery, and laughter reunite the family on their ancestral land. Learn More


Icon We ThreeWe Three

June 5-17
Infant to Age 3

By Meghan Gardiner

A world premiere by award-winning Vancouver playwright Meghan Gardiner, this interactive play explores letters, numbers, colour, shapes and friendships. The Bee Stage provides a first live theatre experience for our youngest audience members. Children and their caregivers sit on mats while the gentle, engaging action takes place all around them. Children are invited to participate by singing along, dancing, and exploring sensory  displays incorporated into the performance. Learn More


Pre-Book for the 2017/2018 Season

No invoice, no deposit, and no commitment until September! Pencil in your dates for the 2017/2018 season starting March 20 and we’ll hold your reservation over the summer. Then, in September, we’ll follow up with you to make any changes and confirm your booking.

Start your booking online
or call us at 604-669-3410

Field Trips to the Theatre

Live theatre develops critical and creative thinking in young people. It fosters imagination and a love for the arts, something that will stick with a child for a very long time—even after the play is over. We believe that the arts play a vital role in every classroom and strive to make theatre accessible, exciting and challenging for all ages. We work closely with the BC Curriculum to incorporate valuable lesson plans, themes and exercises to make it easy to bring great theatre into the classroom before and after the show.


With every school group booking, you receive friendly, personalized service and high-quality resources for you and your students:

  • Resource guides filled with fun and thought-provoking pre and post-show classroom activities with BC curriculum ties
  • Talkback Q&A sessions with the cast and creative team after most performances
  • Affordable tickets – school groups receive our best pricing
  • Free parking, designated school bus zones, and venues close to major transportation route



Check out our educator FAQ to answer your questions about booking, billing, and getting organized for your field trip. And if you still have questions, reach out directly to or call 604.669.3410

Book online or call us at 604-669-3410

Click here to review our ticket prices and policies for school matinees.

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